Hilal Durak, Konstanz

I like that ISTKON is not only a one-time thing, but it can become an annual tradition, where all students can have the same experience of that exchange.

When I first heard about the Turkish-German student exchange project, I was very happy that such an exchange actually takes place. I have Turkish immigrant background and I already know the culture from home. But I was very excited that my fellow students will have the opportunity to get to know the people and the culture of Turkey.

It was nice to see, that during the program, many positive political discussions were held between the students of the two nations, but also between the students within the nation – either kind with great respect towards one another. A bridge was built between the young people of Germany and Turkey and good friendships were established.

I think that the German-Turkish relationship is getting stronger. Especially in such difficult times for both of the countries, this academic and cultural exchange proves to be an important project. I like that ISTKON is not only a one-time thing, but it can become an annual tradition, where all students can have the same experience of that exchange.

The most important point for me was, that we all, muslims an non-muslims, got to celebrate the Kadir night in the mosque together. It showed how respectful and openminded the participants were.
I would definitely want to participate in the next ISTKON event, which will be held in Istanbul.